Grambling State University’s “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band headed to Battle of the Bands
Grambling State University’s “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band is gearing up for a big performance.
“We’re gonna show up show out, do what we gotta do, we’re going to leave our mark,” said band member Lexia Thomas.
Thomas and her fellow bandmates are heading to the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase this Saturday.
It’s one of the largest showcases for the nation’s top bands and dance performers from historically black colleges and universities.
This is “World Famed’s” first time returning to the HBOB since it started in 2003.
GSU is one of the eight bands performing. Each HBCU will receive a $20,000 contribution towards its program.
Band director Dr. Nikole Roebuck calls it a full-circle moment, she also played during her time at GSU.
“It was always a dream of mine to come and march in the band not knowing that one day I would lead the organization,” Roebuck said.
Each school will perform a 12 minute set of their own melodies and pieces. Dr. Roebuck said they’re bringing all their “creative juices” to the field.
“World Famed” has been practicing daily for the last three weeks. While it’s been a challenge, members said it’s brought them closer together.
“We’re with each other basically all day, every day. It’s a bond that we build, a family,” said band member Deante Gibson.
HBOB is this Saturday, Jan. 25 in Atlanta, Georgia.